ASUS Cerberus Gaming Headset Review
Published: 10th February 2016 | Source: ASUS | Price: £34.99 @ OCUK |
Coming in at £35 you wouldn't expect it to be built of the finest plastics around, and it certainly isn't. That isn't to say that it's particularly flimsy - although we wouldn't want to put too much stress on the hinges - but you have to accept that when the cost is this low there will always be compromises. It, like the mouse and keyboard, feels like it's been produced by a third party. The fairly rigid design keeps the Cerberus clamped tightly to your head, so if you're sensitive to having a headset close to your ears then this might not be the one for you. If at all possible try before you buy for the comfort side of things.
However, the absolute star of the show are the 60mm drivers and the audio fidelity they can produce. The sound quality of the Cerberus headset is way beyond what we'd expect from such an affordable offering, and indeed goes deeply into what we'd hope to find from a £60 headset. Bass is tight and pounding without dominating proceedings or turning woolly at higher volumes. The highs soar above without becoming fragile or lost in the mix. Lastly, as you would expect from drivers of such a large physical size the midrange is broad with plenty of space for ever element of your audio source to be reproduced with sparkling clarity. It's curious that nearly all headsets have a frequency response between 20Hz and 20kHz and yet the driver size can make such a difference to the sound quality.
The build quality and plastics used might not be of the most inspiring quality this is a very well priced headset and comes in about on the money. The Cerberus is really all about the quality of the sound, and that is fantastic. It would be crazy of ASUS to not put these drivers in something just a shade more luxurious, but for £35 you can't complain at all and they win our OC3D Value For Money Award.